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Carmelo Anthony returns to Thunder, will make $28 million in last year of contract

Carmelo Anthony returns to Thunder, will make $28 million in last year of contract

Towson Catholic alumnus Carmelo Anthony, 34, plans to opt in and play for the $28 million he is due next season from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Thunder traded for Anthony and Paul George to join Russell Westbrook before last season, moves that gave them high hopes of challenging the Golden State Warriors in the NBA's Western Conference. It didn’t work out as planned.

Anthony had to make a decision this weekend to opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent, according to reports.

A headliner his entire career — he’s 19th in NBA history with 25,417 points — Anthony was more of a catch-and-shoot scorer last season instead of the isolation...

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